video formats to be played on mac

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  1. 11119662 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I need to view files on the mac yet cannot get past the quicktime default. A lot of files have an extension of VOB or the Windows media player. Any tips to assist?:eek:
     
  2. johto macrumors 6502

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    .vob is a file you find if you inspect a file structure inside a video dvd.

    Video for Windows format .vmw is a microsoft only "crap" format imho and it will not play on default quicktime.

    All your needs will be fullfilled with these three:

    1) install and use VLC for "not so common" files, like .mkv and .vob etc..
    2) install perian, for video codecs for quicktime. This will give quicktime player support for playing almost all the common video codecs found in avi(divx,xvid) etc...
    3) for the .wmv and other "microsoft" stuff, you install "flip4mac" plugin which is basicly like the perian for quicktime. It adds support for .wmv and so on.

    I think you will be hard to find a video that wont play using these three above solutions combined :)

    http://www.videolan.org/
    http://www.perian.org/
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/wmcomponents.mspx
     
  3. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

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    It would be nice to one day be able to stream .wmv in OS X. It's a pretty popular format streaming from websites and it sucks having to use Fusion for it.
     
  4. johto macrumors 6502

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    Better solution would be to kill all non crossplatform video formats all together. h/x.264 mp4 would be all needed imho.
     
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    you can with Flip4Mac as it installs internet plugins as well as QuickTime components.

    e.g. http://mfile.akamai.com/27434/live/...p=51982&referringsite=streamingradioguide.com

    but as always when cross platformed some just may not work.
     

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